Best Camera Settings For Close-up And Macro Photography
November 12, 2019

Macro photography is actually very simple. You don't need fancy gear and equipment, OR any exotic location or brilliant lighting. To click a good macro photograph all you need is a steady camera and some good camera settings, to begin with. 


Once you understand these two things, then along with your composition skills, you can capture very beautiful close up photographs anytime, anywhere, of anything as your subject.


In this blog, we will explain to you some, Important camera settings you must know to begin with your macro OR close up photography. 


Here Are All The Settings You Need To Know:


Always Go For Manual Focus:




When you set your camera in manual focus mode, you have the liberty to focus on one particular subject, even when you move your camera back and forth to find the right composition. 


Autofocus is not an ideal choice because when the depth of field is shallow, your camera will face difficulty in locating the focus point. And your subject will look blurry and out of focus.


When you are shooting an insect, in macro photography. Make sure your focus is in the eyes of the insect. That's because a little hazed body works fine but an out of focus eye will make the entire picture look unprofessional.


Aperture Settings:



Aperture is a very important part of the Exposure triangle. It lets you decide the depth of field in your photograph. Making it shallow or deeper and per your settings. 


This is certainly very important in macro photography, as the sharpness of your subject is totally dependent on the shallowness of the depth of field. 


The ideal aperture setting for macro photography is between f/ 5.6 and f/ 11. Macro photography is about isolating one single subject from the rest of the details. And to achieve that, you must keep your aperture setting to the lowest you can.


Shutter Speed:



As a part of the exposure triangle, the shutter speed is totally dependent on your settings of the Aperture and ISO. To get a sharp and clear photo, you must keep your shutter speed very fast. In case of macro photography, the best shutter speed is 1/100th of a second or even faster than that.


To click moving objects, you can mount your camera on a tripod and keep the shutter speed even faster. This will help to capture the movement with great precision and detail. 





To avoid noise and grains in your photograph, you should keep the ISO value at the lowest possible.


But if you are shooting in low light conditions than it is better to keep the ISO higher for the light to enter the sensor. 


You might find the ISO settings to be very different in each camera, so the first thing you must do is to find out the maximum ISO value, before the image starts graining. And that would be a perfect setting to shoot your macro photographs. 



While you try to figure out these settings in your camera, always make sure to keep in mind and there is no constant setting that you can use for macro photography. 


You will have to constantly change and adapt your camera settings. Especially the Exposure triangle. As the three settings in the exposure triangle, go hand in hand. And if you change one of it, then you have to make the others compatible with it.


So these are the settings we recommend you for macro OR close up photography. Don't be afraid to experiment. And keep clicking.

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